Stop Violence in the Workplace

March 23, 2023

In light of recent workplace violence, reports, whether in education, on transit buses, in health care settings or any workplace, violence in any form or degree is unacceptable.

We need to have zero tolerance for it. We will not stand idly by while employers and employees are victims of workplace violence. Workplace violence is a serious issue affecting workers and we all have a role to play in ending violence in our workplaces whether in schools, on buses, in hospitals, nursing homes or any workplace.

Together with our unions and governments, we must create a culture of respect, inclusivity, and kindness, and develop workplace policies and procedures that prioritize the safety and well-being of everyone in the workplace. It’s also crucial that we work together as a community to promote nonviolent conflict resolution and support those who may be experiencing violence or trauma. We need governments at all levels to step up and recognize this is an issue and work with our unions to find solutions.

Let’s commit to creating safe and welcoming environments for everyone in our workplaces and communities and take action to end violence in all its forms. Violence should never be part of anyone’s job, regardless of the industry or sector. It puts the individual at risk and creates an unsafe and unhealthy work environment for everyone involved. It can cause physical and emotional harm and lead to long-lasting trauma and distress.

All workers deserve to feel safe and protected while on the job, and it’s the responsibility of employers to create policies and procedures that prioritize the well-being of all of their employees.

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